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U.S. Stock Prices Advanced as Investors Responded to Another Round of Positive Vaccine Announcements

Market Data as of Week Ending 11/27/2020 unless noted otherwise.

EQUITIES
U.S. stock prices advanced as investors responded to another round of positive vaccine announcements and more hurdles have been cleared for the transition to a new administration in the White House. Small and medium sized company stocks generally outperformed large company peers, while growth stocks lagged value counterparts. Cyclical sectors delivered the strongest gains led by the energy, financials, and materials sectors. Real estate was the only sector to decline for the week, while other defensive sectors such as utilities, consumer staples, and health care also lagged the S&P 500 Index. Developed foreign stocks in Europe and Asia lagged U.S stocks for the first time in several weeks, while Emerging Market stocks underperformed developed foreign markets.

BONDS
U.S. Treasury yields were mixed this past week as shorter term yields declined and longer term yields rose. Despite the news in the prior week that emergency Federal Reserve lending programs will not be renewed, high yield corporate bonds were once again the top performing asset class and government bonds lagged. Investment grade corporate bonds are yielding more than 1.8% and high yield corporate bonds are yielding approximately 4.8%.

MACROECONOMIC DATA
Economic data released during the week was mixed and continues to be overshadowed by coronavirus news. Weekly initial unemployment claims unexpectedly rose again for the second consecutive week to 778,000 and approximately 6.1 million Americans continue to claim ongoing unemployment benefits. Other disappointing reports included a 0.7% decline in the monthly personal income figure and consumer sentiment fell to the lowest level since August. Housing data remains robust as there were nearly 1 million new home sales in October. Coronavirus restrictions remain in place for much of Europe as Germany extended their restrictions through December 20 and Portugal declared a state of emergency for 15 days. European business activity declined as the services sector has suffered from recent coronavirus restrictions.

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Data Released During the Week was Mixed and Largely Overshadowed by Coronavirus News

Market Data as of Week Ending 11/20/2020 unless noted otherwise.

EQUITIES
U.S. stock prices were mixed as investors responded to positive vaccine announcements and rising coronavirus cases. Improving company fundamentals are being overshadowed by concerns about the economic recovery. JPMorgan Chase & Co. analysts are forecasting a 1% contraction in economic activity next quarter as several states impose new restrictions. Small and medium sized company stocks generally outperformed large company peers, while growth stocks lagged value counterparts. Cyclical sectors delivered the strongest gains led by the energy, industrials, and materials sectors. Health care was the worst performing sector, followed by defensive sectors such as utilities and consumer staples, which also lagged the S&P 500 Index. Developed foreign stocks in Europe and Asia outperformed U.S stocks while Emerging Market stocks underperformed developed foreign markets.

BONDS
U.S. Treasury yields declined this past week after reaching their highest levels since March in the previous week. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that several emergency Federal Reserve lending programs will not be renewed when they expire at the end of the year. Within intermediate term bonds, high yield corporate bonds were once again the top performing asset class and longer duration bonds generally outperformed shorter duration bonds. Investment grade corporate bonds are yielding more than 1.8% and high yield corporate bonds are yielding nearly 5%.

MACROECONOMIC DATA
Economic data released during the week was mixed and largely overshadowed by coronavirus news. Weekly initial unemployment claims rose for the first time in more than a month to 742,000 and approximately 6.4 million Americans continue to claim ongoing unemployment benefits. Monthly data for retail sales and industrial production rose, but both reports indicated concerns going forward. Housing data remains robust as new housing starts rose 5% and existing home sales rose 4%. European leaders are considering whether to extend lockdowns and restrictions as coronavirus infection rates have declined.

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Unemployment Claims Declined This Week and Fell Below 1 Million for the First Time Since the Pandemic Began

Market Data as of Week Ending 08/14/2020 unless noted otherwise.

EQUITIES
U.S. stock prices were generally higher last week as economic trends demonstrate support for a sustained recovery. Analysts have increased S&P 500 earnings estimates for calendar year 2020 following steady declines that reached a bottom in July. There was no clear trend in performance based on company size; however, value stocks outperformed growth, regardless of company size. Value stocks outperformed despite negative returns in the real estate and utilities sectors. More cyclical sectors such as industrials, energy, materials, and consumer discretionary were the top performing sectors. Developed foreign stocks in Europe and Asia outperformed U.S stocks while Emerging Market stocks lagged developed foreign markets.

BONDS
U.S. Treasury yields rose again this past week. Investment grade corporate bonds lagged despite the yield advantage and favorable economic trends. Treasury bonds were the top performing segment as corporate bonds dealt with higher yields. While near term demand may have declined, investment grade corporate bonds are yielding approximately 2% and high yield corporate bonds are yielding more than 5.5%.

MACROECONOMIC DATA
Initial unemployment claims declined this week and fell below 1 million for the first time since the pandemic began in March. Other positive economic data included core inflation which rose 0.6% from the prior month, the biggest jump in almost three decades. On an annual basis, core inflation measured 1.6%, a four-month high, following 1.2% in June. Economic readings in Europe and Asia were mixed but stock prices were supported by a weaker US dollar and improved outlook that stimulus measures may accelerate the economic recovery.

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U.S. Stock Prices Recorded their Worst Weekly Decline in Almost Three Months

Market Data as of Week Ending 06/12/2020 unless noted otherwise.

EQUITIES
U.S. stock prices retreated and recorded their worst weekly decline in almost three months. Market leadership reversed as cyclical sectors such as energy, financials, industrials, and materials underperformed while stocks in defensive and higher growth sectors outperformed. Small and medium sized businesses underperformed as investor sentiment shifted away from higher risk assets. Developed foreign stocks in Europe and Asia outperformed U.S stocks for the second consecutive week and Emerging Market stocks outperformed developed foreign markets.

BONDS
U.S. Treasury yields declined for the week as concerns about the pandemic were priced into financial markets. Higher quality bonds such as government and investment grade corporate bonds outperformed, while high yield lagged. Investment grade corporate bonds are yielding approximately 2.3% and high yield corporate bonds are yielding more than 6%.

MACROECONOMIC DATA
Initial jobless claims rose by 1.5 million last week and there are nearly 21 million Americans claiming ongoing unemployment benefits. The Federal Reserve announced that as their baseline expectation, there will be no interest rate increases through 2022.

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Stocks Advance for Second Consecutive Week

Market Data as of Week Ending 05/29/2020 unless noted otherwise.

EQUITIES
Stocks advanced for the second consecutive week as both investor and consumer sentiment improved. A combination of cyclical sectors (Financials, Industrials, and Materials) and defensive sectors (Real Estate and Utilities) outperformed. Small and medium sized businesses also delivered solid gains. Companies in the S&P 500 are expected to finish the first quarter with an earnings decline of nearly 15% and the consensus forecast for calendar year 2020 is a decline of more than 20%. Developed foreign stocks in Europe and Asia outperformed U.S stocks during the week, but Emerging Market stocks lagged developed foreign markets.

BONDS
U.S. Treasury yields were mixed for the week as short and intermediate term bond yields narrowly declined while longer term yields nudged higher. For the second consecutive week, investment grade corporate bonds outperformed government bonds, while high yield was the top performing asset class. Investment grade corporate bonds are yielding approximately 2.5% and high yield corporate bonds are yielding nearly 7%.

MACROECONOMIC DATA
Initial jobless claims rose by another 2 million last week; however, continuing claims dropped to 21 million recording the first decline since the coronavirus pandemic began. As states begin to let businesses reopen, U.S. consumer sentiment posted a surprise gain in the preliminary May report. Europe and Japan announced additional stimulus measures, but that news was overshadowed by rhetoric from U.S. and Chinese officials threatening the trade deal reached earlier in the year between the two countries.

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As Jobless Claims hit 30 Million, S&P has Best Month Since 1987

Market Data as of Week Ending 05/01/2020 unless noted otherwise.

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Stock prices were mixed for the week as local and state governments across the U.S. begin to relax social distancing and reopen parts of their economies. Small and medium sized businesses outperformed their larger counterparts for the second consecutive week. The S&P 500 Index gained 13% in the month of April which its was best monthly return since 1987. Developed foreign stocks in Europe and Asia posted strong gains for the week and Emerging Market stocks outperformed developed foreign markets.

BONDS

U.S. Treasury yields were also mixed for the week as short-term bond yields declined while long-term yields increased. Corporate bonds, including below investment grade, outperformed as investor demand increased for higher yielding credit. Investment grade corporate bonds are yielding more than 2.5% and high yield corporate bonds are yielding more than 8%.

MACROECONOMIC DATA

Jobless claims rose 3.8 million last week, bringing the total to more than 30 million Americans (approximately 18% of the U.S. working population) who have filed initial claims for unemployment insurance since the COVID-19 crisis began. In an advanced estimate, the U.S. reported that gross domestic product (GDP) decreased at an annual rate of 4.8% in the first quarter of 2020. Not surprisingly, the largest detractor was a drop in consumption of -7.6%. On a positive note, China has reported that Wuhan, where the pandemic began, has no remaining cases of COVID-19 in its city hospitals.

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Mid Atlantic’s webinar series InfoxChange continues tomorrow with our guests from Tandem Wealth

Managing Market and Geopolitical Risk in a Complex World
Thursday, May 24 @ 4:00 pm ET
Join Tandem Wealth’s portfolio managers as they talk about creating a successful investment portfolio for your clients and group retirement plan participants in a complex world.
This session will discuss how following a disciplined yet adaptable investment process leads to better results for investors.
Key points and practical ideas for implementation:
  • Big Picture: Economic and Investing
  • Mini Cycles and Investment Strategy in a Trendless World
  • Investment Process
  • Risk Management and Sell Discipline

 

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Everhart Advisors was recently named 2018 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year.

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Mid Atlantic welcomes its newest family member

1st Source Bank Retirement Plan Services is a full service Retirement Plan provider in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. 1st Source Bank Retirement Plan Services specializes in plan design and service for local businesses, business owners, and their employees with their best interest in mind. They consist of a staff of 19 experienced professionals who have credentials from PhD, CPA, MBA, QKA, and a belief in continuing education targeted to retirement plans and how they can better a client’s attraction and retention of employees. 1st Source Bank chose Mid Atlantic Trust Company as its custodian due to their reputation as an excellent service provider and to enhance its service to its clients.

Mid Atlantic is pleased to welcome The Peoples Bank of Mississippi to the family

Mid Atlantic is pleased to welcome The Peoples Bank of Mississippi to the family. In 1908, Peoples Bank was opened by Col. Sidney McLaurin and Dewitt Enochs with the intention of providing service to rural Simpson County. They invited A.S. Davis to be Cashier. His son Sidney Davis joined the ranks in 1932 and served for 65 years. Davis’s great grandson, now serves as 4th generation CEO.  Peoples Bank provides superior financial products and services that increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for the people and businesses in rural Mississippi communities.